For the new applications delivered on the Ad Astra platform, we’ve adopted an improved, more agile product release strategy. This change allows us to quickly build innovative applications and features while maintaining the familiar elements and functionality you've come to love and expect.
This development shift allows us to iterate faster than ever before, and we’re excited to share what we’re working on with you. You'll find the product journey divided into the following three sections:
While we’ll continue our regular release process for Astra Schedule and Platinum Analytics, this journey will be updated weekly (we’re not kidding, we’re working fast!) to keep you up to speed on all the progress taking place with our new applications. Check back often to see all the exciting developments, or better yet, follow this page to ensure you never miss a thing
Course Change Tracking
As you make updates to your courses, we are logging those changes and making it easy for you to see when and why changes were made to meet the needs of your students.
Visualize the Risk of Student Time Conflicts
To help ensure you're meeting the needs of your students, we're highlighting courses that have a high risk of section time conflicts and providing visibility into alternate times.
Session Timeout for Astra Schedule
In Astra Schedule, there are times when the system times-out and allows users to continue working. Unfortunately, all the work performed after the time-out isn't preserved. With Session Timeout, you'll receive a warning that the system is nearing a time-out. To keep working, simply dismiss the alert. Otherwise, you'll be directed back to the login screen.
This feature was made available in the 8.9.2 release.
Course Group Analysis
We’ll improve our demand analysis by considering the choices students have historically made for course groups and applying that to our demand predictions for upcoming terms. By doing this, we'll paint a clear picture of which courses in the offered course group will have higher demand and require more capacity.
Measuring Student Demand for Course Based on Their Pathway
When measuring demand for a course, it’s critical to understand which students require the course for their pathway, and which students have satisfied that requirement already. We’re adding all of your students’ pathway progress to our demand analysis so you can ensure all students have access to the courses they need when they need them.
Simulating Transfer, Returning, and Departing Students
Just like what we're already doing for new students, we'll also simulate transfer, returning, and departing students, which will continue to improve our demand analysis and help you better prepare for your upcoming terms.
Automatic Student to Pathway Association
A core building block for our analysis requires us to properly analyze a student’s pathway progress. To ensure accurate results when analyzing course demand, we’re automatically assigning your students to their Pathway based on attributes you define so we know what classes they may need in upcoming terms.
This feature will allow you to export Align, Predict, and Monitor course data to an external file for your own use.
Campus Groups allows you to see campus-specific Align and Predict recommendations and Monitor registration information combined into groups that you define.
Measuring Demand Per Campus
As we're forecasting student demand, we'll also take campus preference into account. This will enhance our predictive analysis by properly dividing up the demand for specific courses based on the campus where they're taught.
Student Course Load Customization
We'll add more flexibility in determining your students' ideal load for demand projections. With this ability, you'll be able to tailor the results to match your specific student populations better.
Course Demand Visualizations
In Align, we're adding visualizations of your course data to paint a clearer picture for your end-users. These visualizations will show where they can make an impact and positively affect course availability for your students. You'll not only be able to see historical demand over recent terms but also projected demand for the term in focus.
We're also delivering visualizations that will display enrollment for each section of a course. These charts highlight which sections have low or high enrollment making it clear where you can adjust to better meet your students' needs.
Simulating New Students
To accurately forecast your incoming students, we are adding a simulation of new students to our demand analysis. These simulated students will be counted in our demand projections, and you’ll even be able to see the simulated students represented when browsing courses.
Your piece of mind is our priority. That's why we're leveraging all appropriate measures in the AWS platform to allow for recovering data at any point in time.
When planning changes to your course schedule, understanding the details about your sections is a critical part of that process. We’re in the process of adding section detail information to your courses within Monitor and Align. This will make it easier to understand the current state of your schedule and help you make small tweaks that make a big difference for your students.
Our goal is to share the following data points for each section:
- Start date
- End date
- Start time
- End time
- Days met
- Part of term
- Room (bldg. + room #)
- Section code
- Meeting type
Manage Users in Ad Astra
From Settings, you’ll have the ability to manage your users in Ad Astra. Going forward, you’ll be able to view all users in your system, see their email address, and what type of user they are. Also, with the proper user type, you’ll be able to invite new users, change their user type, and even delete users. This will help you easily manage your user base as needed.
Monitor Is Now Campus-Specific
In Monitor, you can now view a course’s details by campus, as well as design custom filters that allow you to build campus-specific course lists. This allows you to focus on enrollment for one or multiple campuses. Don’t worry - if you need to see enrollment progress for a course across all your campuses, you can do that too.
Exclude Sections From Analysis or Course Views by Meeting Type or Part of Term
When running an analysis to determine student demand for a course, it may be important to exclude certain sections to ensure the calculations are accurate as possible. You're now able to do that by Meeting Type or Part of Term. When sections are excluded from the analysis calculations, they're also excluded from the user interface. This will help reduce clutter and allow your users to focus on the sections that need their attention.